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Haiti - Justice : Gaillot Dorsinvil «disobedience to authority»
26/05/2011 10:52:43

Haiti - Justice : Gaillot Dorsinvil «disobedience to authority»
Pierre Louis Opont, the Director General of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), Jean Pierre Toussaint Thélève, Vice-President of the Council, and 2 electoral advisers, Ginette Cherubin and Laurette Croyance have responded on Wednesday, to "the invitation" of the Commissioner of the Government of Port-au-Prince around the allegations of fraud and corruption that the electoral institution is subject. Apart advisers absent without explanation, [only the advisor Jacques Belzin has justified his absence for health reasons], the great absent in this meeting was Gaillot Dorsinvil, the President of the CEP.

Absences that have provoked a strong reaction of the Government Commissioner, Mr. Haricidas Auguste who firmly declared, "We will ensure that the other advisors come here in the next 48 hours" suggesting that a new absence, would entail the measures prescribed by law to summon the people involved, describing the behavior of "disobedience to authority"

Me Haricidas Auguste, informed the concerned that is at the request of the Senate Committee of Inquiry on the alleged fraud within the CEP, that the measures were taken [ban from leaving the country]. During these hearings, the Government Commissioner has attempt to obtain clarification on the legal bases which had led to appoint a Special National Complaints and Challenges Bureau (BCEN) in addition to the questions relating to the allegations of corruption and fraud within the CEP.

Me Auguste Aristidas has declared his intention to interrogate more especially Mr. Gaillot Dorsinvil the President of the CEP on the creation of a special electoral court, after the publication of the final results of the second round of elections."we want that he tells us where he has find these legal provisions to create a special BCEN while the constitution says there has no court that can be created in the country, without reference law"

Following the hearing, Pierre Louis Opont, has recalled that he had learned through the press his prohibition to leave the territory "I wanted to meet the Commissioner to protest against this arbitrary measure that I think given the freedom of movement, which is guaranteed to every citizen [...] I am very satisfied of my meeting with the commissioner". Me Stanley Gaston, his lawyer, also criticized the prosecution's decision to deprive his client of his right to free movement and informs that steps will soon be undertaken to bring the prosecution to lift the ban.

Arguing in favor of respect of the legal proceedings in this case, Pierre Espérance, Executive Director of the National Network for the Defence of Human Rights (RNDDH)has denounced what he described as arbitrary act. "it is necessary that the justice authorities comply with the procedures [...] the convening in the way they were made​​, are not conform [...] it is necessary that the prosecutor obtain a permission, because members of the CEP, can not be convened in this way [...] We urge the Government Commissioner to regain control (se ressaisir) [...] and to wait that the Senate Committee of Inquiry finishes its work."

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